Thursday, October 20, 2022

50 hundredweight of coffee

Every picture tells a story, season 2, picture 7.

Here's another newspaper story. When Peter the customs officer was at Aachen, he led an operation that resulted in the confiscation of a truck full of smuggled coffee from Brazil, 50 Zentner (hundredweight) of the stuff, that's 2,500 kg in new money. I do drink a lot of coffee, but that delivery should last a while!

The newspaper obviously didn't name him nor show his picture to protect him from any revenge attacks from the interested parties, but we have correspondence from the newspaper, which sent him prints of the photos they made and stating clearly that he led it.

What the smugglers did was not so much hiding the stuff but using an armoured vehicle to force their way through border control and escape at speed. Only that in this case the customs people had a faster car and caught them. It all sounds quite dramatic.

Here are the photos of the armoured lorry:

... and one of the cargo:

I wonder what happened to all that coffee.

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Season 2 so far:

  1. could be a cousin
  2. two weddings in Silesia
  3. off to Canada
  4. off to Australia
  5. a very romantic poet
  6. fireman August
  7. 50 hundredweight of coffee

The new twitter thread for the new season is here.

The twitter thread for season 1 is still here. It only loads 30 tweets at first, so you have to click "show more" a couple of times to get all 40 entries. Alternatively, visit the last instalment and find the numbered list of entries at the bottom.

I'm also adding all photos from this series to my family history album on flickr.

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